Plant Systematics

Plant Systematics

1st Edition - October 13, 2005

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  • Author: Michael Simpson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080514048

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Plant Systematics is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated text, covering the most up-to-date and essential paradigms, concepts, and terms required for a basic understanding of plant systematics. This book contains numerous cladograms that illustrate the evolutionary relationships of major plant groups, with an emphasis on the adaptive significance of major evolutionary novelties. It provides descriptions and classifications of major groups of angiosperms, including over 90 flowering plant families; a comprehensive glossary of plant morphological terms, as well as appendices on botanical illustration and plant descriptions. Pedagogy includes review questions, exercises, and references that complement each chapter. This text is ideal for graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, ecology as well as faculty and researchers in any of the plant sciences.

Key Features

  • The Henry Allan Gleason Award of The New York Botanical Garden, awarded for "Outstanding recent publication in the field of plant taxonomy, plant ecology, or plant geography" (2006)
  • Contains numerous cladograms that illustrate the evolutionary relationships of major plant groups, with an emphasis on the adaptive significance of major evolutionary novelties
  • Provides descriptions and classifications of major groups of angiosperms, including over 90 flowering plant families
  • Includes a comprehensive glossary of plant morphological terms as well as appendices on botanical illustration and plant description

Readership

Graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, ecology, as well as faculty and researchers in any of the plant sciences.

Table of Contents

  • UNIT 1. SYSTEMATICS
    1. Plant Systematics: An Overview
    2. Phylogenetic Systematics
    UNIT 2. EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF PLANTS
    3. Evolution and Diversity of Green and Land Plants
    4. Evolution and Diversity of Vascular Plants
    5. Evolution and Diversity of Woody and Seed Plants
    6. Evolution of Flowering Plants
    7. Diversity of Flowering Plants: Amborellales, Nymphaeales, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliids, Ceratophyllales, and Monocots
    8. Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Eudicots
    UNIT 3. SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMINOLOGY
    9. Plant Morphology
    10. Plant Anatomy
    11. Plant Embryology
    12. Palynology
    13. Plant Reproductive Biology
    14. Plant Molecular Systematics
    UNIT 4. RESOURCES IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS
    15. Plant Identification
    16. Plant Nomenclature
    17. Plant Collecting and Documentation
    18. Herbaria and Data Information Systems
    Appendix 1. Plant Description
    Appendix 2. Botanical Illustrations
    Appendix 3. Scientific Journals in Plant Systematics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: October 13, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080514048

About the Author

Michael Simpson

Dr. Michael G. Simpson has been a professor of Biology at San Diego State University since 1986. His area of expertise is plant systematics, dealing with the description, identification, naming and classification of plants with the overriding goal of inferring the pattern of evolutionary history (phylogeny). Dr. Simpson has taught courses in Principles of Organismal Biology, Plant Systematics, Taxonomy of California Plants, Economic Botany, Genetics and Evolution, and Seminar in Systematics and Evolution. Additionally, he serves as the Curator of the SDSU Herbarium where he oversees the maintenance, organization, and use of the collection and facilitates additions to the herbarium. Currently, his field work in Chile and Argentina is supported in part by the National Geographic Society.

In addition to publishing numerous articles in technical journals, Dr. Simpson has authored of the widely used textbook Plant Systematics (Elsevier-Academic Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2010.)

Affiliations and Expertise

professor of Biology at San Diego State University, California, USA

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